Summers in New England are quite magical. Despite what anyone from New England will tell you, while they're complaining about the heat and humidity and the mosquito bites (I definitely don't miss smelling like bug spray all the time) there is something very beautiful about summertime in New England. One of the great things about New England are ice cream stands. Homemade ice cream stands. They're on the side of roads, you generally park in a gravel or dirt filled lot filled with picnic tables, stand in long lines, just to walk up to a window and order some sort of crazy combo of hand scooped, homemade ice cream.
This is what I'm missing today (and lately):
|Rainbow sprinkles are filled with magic. Don't let anyone else tell you differently.|
"I think... I ripped my pants."
She started laughing til she realized I was serious.
Since I couldn't tell how bad the rip was without getting out of the car, I had to stand up, and slowly turn away from her. She gasped. I hadn't just ripped the seam completely up the middle, I had also ripped it around my thigh, meaning the pants had a huge flap with a gaping whole and you could literally see one side of my butt. I also didn't have anything I could wrap around my waist to hide it, so, I was basically flashing one half of my butt to the entire line of people. Since there was no way I was not getting ice cream, she stood behind me and we shuffled our way into line, and I kept my fingers crossed no one was judging the bright kelly green undies I was wearing that day.
There are four valuable lessons to learn from this:
1 - remember, as a kid, when your mom used to harp on you about wearing clean underwear every day? Here is a perfect reason why you should. You really never know who is going to see them.
2 - if your pants are quite literally busting at seams, and in random spots without seams, they probably don't fit you any more.
3 - always keep a spare long-sleeved shirt/hoodie/jacket in your car. Your parents will think you're being responsible in case of an emergency; in this case, the emergency is the potential for the whole community to see your butt.
And finally, the most important lesson:
Never, ever, let anything stop you from getting ice cream. Ever.